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First Impression – Gurkha Evil

I believe this cigar was given to me either by Ed or someone at Ed’s shop. I can only go by my first impression of this cigar, as I only have one to smoke. I think I recall Matt not liking the Evil very much. I thought I’d let mine sit awhile before offering my opinion. Normally I try to avoid doing first impression reviews. But when a company claims their product is the Rolls Royce of cigars, I figure they should at least be consistent. My experience with Gurkha is that they are generally enjoyable and consistent. As always, I paired today’s review with water. Let’s see how it goes…

 

Wrapper: Brazil

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Nicaragua

Size: Robusto 5 x 50

Price: Around $5.00

 

Pre-smoke & Construction:

The first thing you’ll notice is the huge band. It looks fitting for the title. The wrapper looked great, with almost no flaws. When I sniffed the wrapper, I could only detect cedar odors. The foot had a similar odor with a touch of sweetness. I squeezed the entire length of the cigar, and this thing was packed solid. Despite that, the pre-light draw offered only a little resistance, and tasted of sweet earthy tobacco.

The ash held for at least an inch, and I only had to correct the burn a couple times in the last third.

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Flavor:

The first third greeted me with a peppery, somewhat sweet spice. Overall a dry woody flavor dominated, with slight coffee and nutty notes following behind.

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The second third saw an increase in sweetness. It resembled a dry mocha, but the mocha flavors were overcome by the dryness. Again, woody flavors were strong in the overall flavor profile. I had a hard time picking out the nutty flavors, but I think they were there from time to time. When passing the smoke through the nose, I got a peppery zing. The smoke feel was dry and gave me slight cotton mouth.

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The last third didn’t change in terms of flavor. Take the comments on the second third, and paste them here. The sweet pepper remained but became slightly harsh. It wasn’t extremely harsh, but it slightly irritate the back of the throat.

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Conclusion:

The body of this cigar was medium to full. Although the flavors were decent, I can’t compare this to other top of the line Gurkha’s. The flavors and smoke feel seemed one dimensional and too dry for my taste. I may try it again in the future, but as of now my opinion matches that of Matt. He too didn’t care for it.

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9 Responses to “First Impression – Gurkha Evil”

Ben Lee February 20th, 2010 at 12:21 am

I feel the same about it. I thought it was….meh. I really like the Assassin though.

David Hall February 21st, 2010 at 9:23 pm

I have not been able to try one of these just yet but I will say I am a huge fan of Gurkha and it does pain me slightly to hear this one was not a hit out of the park. If it wasn’t so dry it sounds like a decent ‘doing yard work’ smoke. Keep up the great reviews!

dj February 22nd, 2010 at 9:21 am

Too bad, cuz ya gotta love the name… and that BAND!

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Tom February 23rd, 2010 at 5:11 pm

I’m not a fan of giving a bad review, but what can ya do?

Dave – I will admit that I generally like Gurkha’s. 99 percent of the time they are good to very good. I was surprised at this one.

robben November 28th, 2011 at 1:29 am

i dont know what u guys are talking about, i thought for the price it was going to be a bad smoke. i enjoyed this smoke from the start all the way to the finish. but i like my cigars full flavored with a little kick to the mom and pop sack. solid cigar in my book.

walter December 14th, 2012 at 7:04 pm

I PICKED UP A GURKHA , AS RECOMENDED FROM MY CIGAR BUDDY AND I MUST SAY WITH OUT ANY SECOND THOUGHT IT WAS THE BEST SMOKE I HAVE EVER HAD. THE AROMA EVEN BROUGHT MY WIFE TO THE DECK SAYING IF TASTES AS GOOD AS IT SMELLS YOU REALLY HAVE SOMETHING THERE! I DO NOT SMOKE THAT OFTEN, BUT THIS CIGAR IS THE ONE FOR ME

jen June 16th, 2014 at 7:51 pm

I’m not a Gurkha fan, I was given this cigar and wanted to try it out. I think the band is very awsome the cigar it wrapps not so much. I did not teast anything you teasted other then bitter pepper, pepper and oh yeah pepper, with a harsh after teast.

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